My heart still lays heavy at our town’s loss. I know for some… it’s just an old building. For others, it’s just a fact of life. For many – they aren’t surprised. And honestly, neither am I… but I remain disgusted and pissed off. Disillusioned is also a good word to describe the emotions.
So – in an update, The Globe and Mail reported two teen boys (15 & 16) have been arrested in connection with the fire. You can read about it here. And although the city and our Middle-Essex MPP are still going to enforce that any new development by the owners – that they replicate the façade of Alma College and main tower… it still doesn’t replace what should have been protected long ago.
It is now completely demolished. Bulldozers and cranes leveled what remained into rubble. Gawkers continue to flock the scene… slow up traffic… and for some, take this opportunity to socialize, laugh, reminisce and support one another.
We lost a part of our history. But perhaps this is the rude awakening for the government to fix the problems within our Heritage Act. And stop doing lip service… and actually start saving our endangered heritage.
It’s time to rebuild… but never forget. How fitting that we have thunder and lightening… let the rain wash away the sorrows of today… to make room for the beauty that is tomorrow…